The Morning Pride: January 21, 2014


Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s daily round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but please let us know what stories you’re following as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

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– Virginia lawmakers have rejected bills that would repeal its statutory ban on same-sex marriage (not its amendment) and protect LGBT state employees from discrimination, but another bill has been introduced banning ex-gay therapy for minors.

– Republican National Committee member Dave Agema has defended his various anti-gay comments, claiming he was just trying to “encourage discourse.”

– Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Turner (R) wants voters to re-approve the same constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage that was just overturned by a federal judge.

– Jonathan Johnson, the Executive Vice Chairman of, is particularly concerned about churches being forced to marry same-sex couples in Utah.

– The TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton, Illinois has not allowed civil-union ceremonies and won’t allow same-sex weddings once marriage equality takes effect in June.

– Alan Keyes has proclaimed that marriage equality has destroyed liberty.

– The UK Independence Party has suspended a councilor, David Silvester, who blamed marriage equality for the country’s recent flooding.

– Portugal’s Parliament has voted to hold a referendum on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt.

– Spain’s new Catholic cardinal, Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, has called homosexuality a “defect” that can be “recovered and normalized with adequate treatment.”

– A gay Russian has been detained for displaying a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay.

– The Russian Neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich, who kidnapped and tortured gay people and then fled to Cuba, has been arrested by Cuban police.

– Canada has canceled a state visit to Nigeria because President Goodluck Jonathan signed the new law punishing homosexuality.

– One Direction’s Liam Payne was widely criticized for expressing his support for Duck Dynasty‘s “family values.”

– Chris Voth, who plays on Canada’s national volleyball team, has come out as gay.

– CeCe McDonald, the trans woman who imprisoned for defending herself from a violent attack, gave her first television interview this weekend since being released from jail last week. She was joined by Laverne Cox, Katie Burgess, and Rea Carey.